Pelvic and Womens Health Physio
We use the term pelvic AND womens health now because more and more we are seeing men with chronic pelvic pain problems and continence issues. It's not that they didn't exist before - there is now just more acceptance and openness about such problems in men.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapists are specialists in the whole range of problems related to pelvic and pelvic organ dysfunction and pain, including:
Pelvic and Back Pain with Pregnancy
Between 50 and 75% of pregnant women develop back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. In many cases this eases quickly and everything goes happily back to normal but in some cases it deteriorates severely and it can be very debilitating. This is one of the conditions in which the sooner you can get treatment the better. Physiotherapy can help significantly to get you back to normal and prevent deterioration.
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain is a complex and debilitating condition of pain over the lumbar spine, pelvis, perineum, testicles, penis/clitoris and/or abdomen and it may be painful during sexual intercourse. Many factors can be involved from spinal, pelvic and neurogenic pain mechanisms and central sensitisation and it requires expertise to properly appreciate the interplay between these various influences and intervene. Specialist Physiotherapy can help improve or resolve chronic pelvic pain and treatments may include exercise, correction of pelvic or spinal dysfunction, myofascial techniques, massage and acupuncture.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is very common. Research suggests that around 50% of women with children will some form of prolapse which is often described by patients as “something coming down”… Physiotherapy is able to treat mild to moderate prolapse through very specific, palpation-assessment guided exercise.
Urinary Incontinence can be experienced in various ways. The two most common types are Stress Incontinence (leakage with cough, sneeze, and physical exertion) and Urge Incontinence (frequent, urgent need to go to the toilet resulting in leakage). It is estimated that approximately 1 in 4 women suffer with urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. Physiotherapy is recommended by the Dept of Health and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the first line treatment for these conditions and can be highly successful.